Category Archives: Patient Safety

Today’s Digital Patient (INFOGRAPHIC)

It is estimated that 86% of patients will conduct a health-related search online prior to seeing a doctor. Today’s digital patients are becoming more empowered as they educate themselves online and take charge of their own health. Not only are they embracing mHealth prior to an office visit, they are also staying more connected post-visit.…
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Fit Fashion: Health Wearables (Infographic)

From fitness bands to smart watches, wearable technology has taken the market by storm, and its popularity is only projected to continue to skyrocket. In fact, 2014 saw a 684% increase in its first half alone! While consumers are purchasing these devices at rapid rates, they aren’t the only ones going crazy for these contraptions.…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Should Patients Have Access to Your Notes?

By:Dr. Ken Teufel It's a perennial question with vocal advocates on both sides:  Should your patients have access to the notes you make in their medical records?  It's based, in part, on the idea that better-informed patients will take better care of themselves, that the doctor-patient relationship should be less paternalistic, more of a partnership. …
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Bedside Manner: Why It’s Important and How You Can Improve

Many would agree that etiquette is arguably one of the most vital factors in establishing a successful healthcare career. This field involves many personal interactions with a variety of people, and in a medical setting, healthcare professionals can easily set the tone for interactions with both patients and visitors alike. Because they are constantly in…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Are Americans Getting Too Much Medical Care?

By. Dr. Ken Teufel Nearly one-half of primary care physicians say their patients receive too much medical care.  Only 6% say  they are receiving too little.  This is according to a  random sampling of 627 practicing physicians published in  the Archives of Internal Medicine.  Doctors themselves  admit that there's way too much testing and overly …
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Is “Standardized” Care the New Standard of Care?

­ By: Dr. Ken Teufel We all know that practicing defensive medicine is commonplace.  “Overtesting” — doing unnecessary lab work and other diagnostic studies (some invasive) — is justified as a way to stay out of the court room.  In some cases, physicians are simply bending to “what the patient wants done.”  To counteract test…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Errors in Diagnosis: Under the Microscope

By: Dr. Ken Teufel “A patient with abdominal pain dies from a ruptured appendix after a doctor fails to do a complete exam.  A biopsy comes back positive for prostate cancer, but no one follows up when the lab result gets misplaced. A child’s fever and rash are diagnosed as a viral illness, but they…
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Physicians & Facilities: Here’s How To Build Patients’ Trust

Whether you’re a permanent Family Practice physician or a temporary Emergency Medicine provider, patients seek your medical skills and knowledge for a quick recovery and hopeful routine checkup. However, before you can provide quality care, you must earn your patients’ trust and overall confidence in your expertise. With that being said, here are 4 ways…
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Part 2. Engaging The Unengaged Patient

The healthcare industry is facing a dilemma: how to actively and effectively engage patients. A recent blog post – Part 1. The Unengaged Patient and The Patient Engagement Concept — details the struggles facilities, physicians, and public-health officials face in terms of patient engagement. With the roll-out of a relatively new concept called patient engagement, goals and…
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Dr. Ken’s Corner: Medical Care and the Elderly: When Less is Better

By: Dr. Ken Teufel Except in a few specialties, most physicians provide care for an increasingly older population. Because geriatric training in our medical schools is still on the ‘back burner,’ it’s an area prone to mistakes and errors of judgment. Here are five recently published recommendations from the American Geriatric Society that just may…
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